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Kamigamo Shrine

339 Kamigamomotoyama, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8047, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-781-0011
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A visit back to real Kyoto

Thankfully, even with a few updates.. Kamigamo Jinja remains the place that it has always been... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cheryl B
Place of peace and tranquility

The Kamigane Shrine is a place of peace and tranquility. Well worth a visit if you're in beautiful... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2017
Janet S
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339 Kamigamomotoyama, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8047, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
+81 75-781-0011
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thankfully, even with a few updates.. Kamigamo Jinja remains the place that it has always been. One can find a beautiful area in which to walk, feed the shrineʻs horse and learn about the area. When finished at the shrine take a short walk through...More

Thank Cheryl B
Reviewed 2 July 2017

The Kamigane Shrine is a place of peace and tranquility. Well worth a visit if you're in beautiful Kyoto.

Thank Janet S
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Kamigamo and Shimogamo are the two oldest shrines in Kyoto. They tend not to be touristy, they're slightly off the beaten path and they're modest, but somehow still miraculous. I am totally a fan of Shimogamo which is at the fork of the Kamo River/Demachiyanagi....More

1  Thank hiart
Reviewed 30 March 2017

This walk was ok, nice enough, but I did think it would have a more magical feel about it. There were many people which took away from it. Some parts were definitely nicer than others. I would still say it is worth a visit, but...More

Thank Megsy72
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Kamigamo Shrine, located in the northern end of Kyoto, is one of the world heritage sites that the ancient capital has. From the entrance gate to the main building, there is a large lawn field, which is well maintained. It is very nice, indeed, to...More

1  Thank Kimitaka S
Reviewed 17 December 2016

Both Kamigamo Shrine and its sister Shimogamo Shrine, in Northern Kyoto, merit visits. Kamigamo Shrine is the end-point for the magnificent Aoi Festival in May. It has beautiful eternal lawns and as the picture shows twin sand cones whose symbolism is subject to interpretation.

Thank warren D
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Kamigamo is one of the most tranquil and beautiful Shinto shrines in Japan. Before visiting it read "Shinto: The Kami Way" to have a recognition of the buildings and symbols at Kamigamo. Look into all of the spaces. View the remote areas, listen to the...More

1  Thank Kyotocat
Reviewed 17 October 2016

I found this shrine by accident after getting on the wrong bus. Worth it! This place has wide, peaceful grounds and apparently hosts an annual mounted archery contest.

Thank TheErrantWanderer
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Kamigamo Shrine is one of the oldest in Kyoto according to my understanding, and I could see that the Japanese visitors behaved in a more reverent/serious manner here. Not just a sightseeing place or museum. You can take photographs, but I would pay attention and...More

Thank JourneysFromSeattle
Reviewed 7 September 2016

This is a must see. The covered walkways and raked sand gardens define serenity and contemplation. This is unique and nothing like it is available in the US or Europe as far as I've seen.

Thank Rolfe H
Northern Kyoto
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the
leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil
residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's
most gorgeous architectural gems, including the
majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene
artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the
bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji
Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the
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23 January 2017|
Response from JourneysFromSeattle | Reviewed this property |
Kamigamo Shrine would be an amazing place for a Wedding. When I was visiting in September, a famous Kabuki Actor married a famous actress there. Kamigamo Shrine is a bit far afield and I don't believe there would be many... More
Jeff C
27 November 2016|
Response from Joel C | Reviewed this property |
Hi Jeff. I'm not sure. I'm no longer living in Kyoto (unfortunately). I imagine that some vendors would still be there if it is raining, but I am not certain. Sorry for the delay in my reply!